Enphase Energy Reports Continued Gross Margin Expansion in the First Quarter of 2018

Fremont, California, UNITED STATES

PETALUMA, Calif., May 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, announced today financial results for the first quarter of 2018, which included the summary below from its President and CEO, Badri Kothandaraman. Highlights for the quarter included:

  • Revenue of $70.0 million, at the higher end of guidance
  • GAAP gross margin of 26.2%; non-GAAP gross margin of 26.5%
  • GAAP operating loss of $2.5 million; non-GAAP operating income of $0.9 million
  • GAAP EPS of $(0.06); non-GAAP EPS of $(0.01)
  • Ending cash balance of $53.3 million

Revenue and earnings for the first quarter are given below, compared with those of the prior quarter and the year ago quarter:

(In thousands, except per share data)

 Q1 2018 Q4 2017 Q1 2017 Q1 2018 Q4 2017 Q1 2017
Revenue$69,972  $79,674  $54,751  $69,972  $79,674 $54,751 
Gross margin 26.2%  23.8%  12.9%  26.5%  24.2%  13.3%
Operating income (loss)$(2,475) $(2,133) $(22,095) $861  $1,307 $(12,918)
Net income (loss)$(5,128) $(2,940) $(23,305) $(1,255) $683 $(13,615)
Basic EPS$(0.06) $(0.03) $(0.30) $(0.01) $0.01 $(0.18)

Our first quarter revenue was $70.0 million, a decrease of 12% sequentially from $79.7 million, and an increase of 28% year-over-year. We shipped 180 megawatts DC, or 611,000 microinverters. Our non-GAAP gross margin was 26.5%, an increase of 230 basis points from 24.2% in the prior quarter. The increase was primarily due to pricing management, supply chain optimization and IQ platform transition. Our non-GAAP operating expenses were $17.7 million, a decrease of 2% compared to the prior quarter. We are very pleased to report non- GAAP operating income of $0.9 million, our second consecutive quarter of non-GAAP operating income. Non-GAAP net loss was $1.3 million, which resulted in basic and diluted earnings per share of $(0.01).

We exited the quarter with $53.3 million in cash. Inventory was $18.5 million in the first quarter, compared to $26.0 million in the fourth quarter and $33.8 million in the first quarter of 2017.

In summary, we are pleased with our continued progress towards our 30-20-10 operating model, which we expect to achieve in the fourth quarter of 2018.


+  Enphase started shipping IQ 7 to customers in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2018, and recently started shipping IQ 7 to customers in the U.K. IQ 7, with its worldwide SKU, will be phased into worldwide markets throughout 2018.

+ Enphase received the Dutch Solar Innovation Award 2018 in recognition of its seventh-generation IQ™ microinverters for the Enphase Home Energy Solution with IQ™. According to the award jury, the microinverters will make an important contribution to the increased quality of solar power systems installed in the Netherlands. 

+ Enphase announced that Enphase Energized™ AC Modules (ACM) from its ACM partners have been installed by over 180 of its solar installation partners in the U.S. just five months after availability. Leading solar module manufacturers have announced partnerships with Enphase to develop AC Modules.

+ Enphase recently announced that it has renewed its commitment to support low-income solar in partnership with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest nonprofit solar installer. Through donations of its microinverters, Enphase will help GRID Alternatives provide rooftop solar installations and hands-on job training in low-income communities across the United States.            

+   On April 16, 2018, Enphase announced the introduction of Enphase IQ™ microinverters across India for the Enphase Microinverter System with IQ™. The IQ family of microinverters supports modules up to 440 Wp, as well as 60- and 72-cell modules.

+ On April 23, 2018, Enphase announced a strategic partnership with Solaria Corporation for the development of an Enphase Energized™ AC Module, the Solaria PowerXT®-AC, integrating our IQ 7+ Microinverters with Solaria’s high-output PowerXT® 355W (60-cell equivalent) modules. The PowerXT®-AC is expected to be available in the U.S. starting in June 2018.


For the second quarter of 2018, Enphase estimates both GAAP and non-GAAP financial results as follows:

  • Revenue to be within a range of $72 million to $80 million
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin to be within a range of 26% to 29%
  • Non-GAAP operating expense to be within a range of $17.5 million to $18.5 million
  • GAAP operating expense to be within a range of $19.5 million to $20.5 million, including an estimated $2.0 million of stock-based compensation expense.

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has presented certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. To view a description of non-GAAP financial measures used and the non-GAAP reconciliation schedule for the periods presented click here.

Conference Call Information

Enphase Energy will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its first quarter 2018 results and second quarter 2018 business outlook today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time).  The call is open to the public by dialing (877) 644-1284; participant passcode 8795709.  A live webcast of the conference call will also be accessible from the “Investor Relations” section of the Company's website at investor.enphase.com. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on the website for 30 days. In addition, an audio replay of the conference call will be available by calling (855) 859-2056; participant pass code 8795709, beginning approximately one hour after the call.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to Enphase Energy’s expected future financial performance, and the expected timing of product introductions. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and inherently involve significant risks and uncertainties. Enphase Energy’s actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks and uncertainties including those risks described in more detail in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents on file with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Enphase Energy undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in its expectations, except as required by law.

A copy of this press release can be found on the investor relations page of Enphase Energy's website at investor.enphase.com.

About Enphase Energy, Inc.

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, delivers smart, easy-to-use solutions that connect solar generation, storage and management on one intelligent platform. The Company revolutionized solar with its microinverter technology and produces the world’s only truly integrated solar plus storage solution. Enphase has shipped approximately 17 million microinverters, and more than 760,000 Enphase systems have been deployed in over 110 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com.

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Christina Carrabino
Enphase Energy, Inc.
Investor Relations
+1-707-763-4784 x7294

(In thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Net revenues$69,972  $54,751 
Cost of revenues51,657  47,703 
Gross profit18,315  7,048 
Operating expenses:   
Research and development7,620  9,605 
Sales and marketing6,227  6,458 
General and administrative6,943  5,833 
Restructuring charges  7,247 
Total operating expenses20,790  29,143 
Loss from operations(2,475) (22,095)
Other income (expense), net:   
Interest expense(2,292) (2,139)
Other income (expense)(126) 1,060 
Total other expense, net(2,418) (1,079)
Loss before income taxes(4,893) (23,174)
Provision for income taxes(235) (131)
Net loss$(5,128) $(23,305)
Net loss per share:   
Basic and diluted$(0.06) $(0.30)
Shares used in per share calculation:   
Basic and diluted91,422  76,651 

(In thousands)
 March 31,
 December 31,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$53,255  $29,144 
Accounts receivable55,622  65,346 
Inventory18,541  25,999 
Prepaid expenses and other20,435  9,957 
Total current assets147,853  130,446 
Property and equipment, net24,926  26,483 
Goodwill3,664  3,664 
Intangibles, net439  515 
Other assets35,236  8,039 
Total assets$212,118  $169,147 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$14,087  $28,747 
Accrued liabilities37,922  29,874 
Deferred revenues37,408  15,691 
Debt, current14,268  17,429 
Total current liabilities103,685  91,741 
Deferred revenues, noncurrent78,265  29,941 
Warranty obligations, noncurrent22,926  22,389 
Other liabilities1,934  1,880 
Debt, noncurrent36,459  32,322 
Total liabilities243,269  178,273 
Total stockholders’ deficit(31,151) (9,126)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit$212,118  $169,147 

(In thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$(5,128) $(23,305)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization2,276  2,328 
Provision for doubtful accounts600  142 
Asset impairment and restructuring  1,920 
Amortization of debt issuance costs537  945 
Stock-based compensation1,571  1,929 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable9,125  11,975 
Inventory7,457  (1,848)
Prepaid expenses and other assets(1,039) (3,114)
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities(11,992) (17,458)
Warranty obligations1,134  580 
Deferred revenues(1,180) 1,395 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities3,361  (24,511)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Purchases of property and equipment(1,043) (3,466)
Net cash used in investing activities(1,043) (3,466)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs19,923  26,522 
Proceeds from debt2,309  24,162 
Principal payments on term debt(771)  
Payments under revolving credit facility  (10,100)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock plans269  2 
Net cash provided by financing activities21,730  40,586 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash63  (418)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents24,111  12,191 
Cash and cash equivalents—Beginning of period29,144  17,764 
Cash and cash equivalents—End of period$53,255  $29,955 

(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2018 2017
Gross profit (GAAP) $18,315  $7,048 
Stock-based compensation 198  239 
Gross profit (Non-GAAP) $18,513  $7,287 
Gross margin (GAAP) 26.2% 12.9%
Stock-based compensation 0.3% 0.4%
Gross margin (Non-GAAP) 26.5% 13.3%
Operating expenses (GAAP) $20,790  $29,143 
Stock-based compensation(1) (1,373) (1,691)
Restructuring charges   (7,247)
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter (1,765)  
Operating expenses (Non-GAAP) $17,652  $20,205 
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:    
Research and development $618  $752 
Sales and marketing 361  378 
General and administrative 394  561 
Total $1,373  $1,691 
Loss from operations (GAAP) $(2,475) $(22,095)
Stock-based compensation 1,571  1,930 
Restructuring charges   7,247 
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter 1,765   
Income (loss) from operations (Non-GAAP) $861  $(12,918)
Net loss (GAAP) $(5,128) $(23,305)
Stock-based compensation 1,571  1,930 
Restructuring, asset impairments and other charges   7,247 
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter 1,765   
Non-cash interest expense 537  513 
Net loss (Non-GAAP) $(1,255) $(13,615)
Net loss per share (GAAP) $(0.06) $(0.30)
Stock-based compensation 0.02  0.02 
Restructuring, asset impairments and other charges   0.09 
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter 0.02   
Non-cash interest expense 0.01  0.01 
Net loss per share (Non-GAAP) $(0.01) $(0.18)
Shares used in per share calculation GAAP and Non-GAAP 91,422  76,651